Hell Comes on the Wind
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Subject: READ TUMBLING ANGELS
Page turner, Thoughtfully written; and from what I know of my history wonderfully accurate. Everybody who has written a comment has been enthralled.
I got to say they were generally right. I like the unusual writing style. Someone emailed me telling me to read the newer version, said he thought it childlike. It is very well composed.
If it was in the book stores I would buy it, no matter the cost. It is a >classic< waiting to be classified.
Subject: Part of the Few.
My answer is simple: let me explain. This writer has never before written a novel; that is obvious from this text. However, he has learned so much, so that when he rewrote Hell Comes on The Wind he included his learned skills to produce 'Tumbling Angels'.
The problems and errors abounded in the text; not least grammatical problems, flow and point of view. BUT, the story was fabulous, daring, and, above all, riveting.
Indeed, it is the same story with the errors of a novice writer removed and the skill of a seasoned writer inserted. This writer is learning his trade well. Tumbling Angels is magnificent.
I urge you to type in "TUMBLING ANGELS" and become enthralled in a world of plausible realism that will grip you by the throat, shake you about like a rag doll, then, finally, your orgasm reached, you sit back and wonder why this is not in print, in hardback on your shelf.
Subject: Oh my God!
Subject: Intelligently Written and Masterful.
Having said all that. Yes, indeed this story was very intelligently written. I found the book very novel (no pun intended) with special regard to the writers ability to grip his reader by the throat (metaphor) and transport me to another time and place.
Most reviewers seem to want everyone to read "Tumbling Angels" and should do so. The story is the same, except for some corrections to the text, and, I have to say the corrections were done very well. However, the original story (as it stands here) is magnificent and an astoundingly good read. The author is versatile: his twists and turns thoughtfully incorporated and his ability to keep me turning the page was inspiring. I am so glad I found this book.
Thank you for all your hard work.
FIVE STARS....and worth every star.
Subject: On the whole it's very good.
I noticed that some careful editing needs doing to clear some of the typographical errors; but this obviously a first draft, feeling for input from those who wish to read and post a review.
This was a thoroughly entertaining piece of literature. I wish I could write with such feeling, imagination and gusto.
I would give five stars, but the typos drop my marks to four.
Subject: THIS IS A TOTALLY AMAZING STORY!
I have down loaded a great deal off this site. Some articles are very good, and some not so good.
This story is stupendous. I read the reviews below, obviously, I always do, and I was impressed with what other readers had to say about this story.
Halfway through chapter three, I was so enthralled that I decided to print out a hard copy. I was thrilled, no, there has to be a better word for it.
When this novel comes out, and I'm sure that it soon must, I want it on my bookshelf. I'm so amazed at the quality of the writing and the expressions this writer has. His use of unique phraseology is to be admired by all who are lucky enough to read this superb story. The title >Hell Comes on the Wind< changed to >TUMBLING ANGELS<, and has been fully edited, upgraded and, is here,on Internet Archive <... I like the new tile Mr. B.
I cannot believe such a wonderful and grossly genius writer has not put this manuscript out for tender. Perhaps he has; but whoever Mr Bradbury is, I wish him well in his endeavors.
Thrill me once more, Mr Bradbury. Please, make yourself known to the world; we need more writers who can tell a story like you.
By the way, Take a look at the missing chapters: they are called the HARDRADA CHAPTERS. Type in Hardrada Chapters and download and read them; There were suppose to have slotted in between chapter 7 and 10. They are fascinating to read, and, to be honest, he ought to have kept them in Both 'Hell' and 'Tumbling Angels', for the missing chapters fill in the bits that, to many, are historically relevant, though the story is about the French boys interaction with King Harold and Duke William, I feel the three chapters were very worth keeping in.
Thank you. I'm grateful in the extreme.
Subject: TUMBLING ANGELS
Ken Follett look out!
Subject: Magic, just pure magic
Subject: Go read the update : it's amazing.
At last I found the site and here, below, in all its glory, is the update.
I started all over again, afresh, with the original story embedded deeply in my memory, determined to find the differences from one to the other. Before I go on, I'd like to say that those before me who wrote some wonderful reviews, were, perhaps a little over enthusiastic. there were many flaws, but these typographical flaws have been well taken care of in the latest rewrite now called (quite rightly) 'Tumbling Angels', a wonderful new title.
The new version of this story flows extremely well and has a flavor and quality all it's own. The cinematography was so intense, you could feel the author's deep passion for his fictional brothers and his grasp of his characters' personalities.
There is one worry: and it's this :- Since the author posted his rewritten composition on Worthy-of-publishing, so few have followed through to read passed chapter one. Personally, I found the chapter size about right, not too long,and encompassing everything that needed to be in the first chapter. My thoughts are that the reading age has been a little too young and boredom set in when they found there was no sexual funny business going on. That's just a personal viewpoint, nothing more. I do suggest that those whom have already read chapter one go on to finish reading the book. Whom ever you are, you have missed s much.
Rating: I give five stars both on the 'Internet Archive' site and a full five stars plus an extra star for the finished composition on site called Worth-of-publishing; though why he chose not to re-use Internet Archive again I could not possibly say, as he had some 1400+ or so down loads and some rave reviews in just eight months.
My advice: download this wonderful story; enjoy, cry, curse and laugh. If you don't, I'll send you the severe Malky. (A Scots saying - Google it).
Subject: What a Wonderful Story.
I also read the other reviews and I agreed with much that has been written. I did, as many have done downloaded Tumbling Angles and enjoyed both the raw and the refined versions. As I have not seen this book in print I wondered if for some reason publishers or literary agents have rejected this wonderful story and why. Some editing is always needed in any manuscript, but these days the editing, so I am lead to believe, is done in house. So, publishers of historical fiction what is the problem? Perhaps the author has not put this work out for tender; who knows?
I rate this story with the highest accolade.
Good luck. Jennifer Craftsman
Subject: STUNINGLY WONDERFUL- A MASTERPIECE
As others have stated, this is a first draft designed to bring forth comment on the author's story before his rewrite and polishing got underway. One ignores the errors, for they do not detract wholly from the essential aspects of the author's pen (keys obviously). Would Gutenberg have have copied this to his typesetting machine rather than the Bile (joking) if he had had access to this delightful tale. Gutenberg died a pauper, this you man will die a very rich man.
Sally-Anne Wynnton. Ba, Ma.
Subject: You just have to read 'TUMBLING ANGELS' it is just awsome
To my report or review: The story starts with an old man about to die. He wants one more time to relive his memories of his life with his brother and their travels together. A little slow this prologue, but to be honest I was brought to tears and that is a rare thing for a book to do that for me. Chapter 1 is a profound and exciting beginning, full of action and wonder how the brothers and their family manage to survive their horrific experience. Having said that, the first two pages set the scene and is a little slow, but do not be dismayed or deceived, from page three the story really takes off and hits you smack in the face!
Chapter 2 is one of those decision making chapters that slows down to a crawl. You need a rest every now and then to begin to understand what has occurred and to grasp the reality of their situation and what has to come next. It is in this chapter that you begin to learn who the brothers are and how they come to make their decisions and who is the stronger of the two men.
Chapter 3: the brothers out Cean, Normandy (Northern France) to find work and head seek their fortune and recompense for their loss. This chapter is a build up to chapter 4 (for me) the best chapter of them all. For it is in this chapter that the forging of an understanding of the world outside of their own first grips them.
Chapter 4: For me, this is the making of the brothers as soldiers and men. Yet there is a beautiful charm about the events, even though a major tragedy ensues the leaves the brothers devastated. From here on the story takes a major turn and the intrigue begins. There is a great deal of growing up for both men and those they encounter.
After chapter 5 the story splits up to bring in other major and profound characters. One has to understand that this story is about an event that happened 945 years ago. With this in mind, one has to learn who these other characters are. The old man (Philippe Domfront) is telling the tale from his point of view, yet the writer embellishes this view from a certain perspective as what Philippe has been told of those characters from a young man he has known close to one character and from a personal account of the other. The reader must understand beforehand that to though the brothers leave the story to two other characters for a while they are always in the frame, until once more they reemerge to take control of the story in their own right.
This is a glorious tale of fortitude, skill and an obsessive yearning to tell the story of the Battle of Hastings as it was likely to have been.
In parts the story was frighteningly graphic, in parts touching and very sweet.
Some professional editing would help smooth some parts of the writing, but if you are not an editor you would not notice.
This has been skillfully written and wonderfully illustrated so much so tat this could be a film and a good film too, as long as the story is adhered to. There, that is my two pennies worth.
Well done and thanks you for the privilege of reading this fine book. Well done old man.
Subject: Wonderfully Written
Wonderfully written with style that is uncommonly sensible and unique;a pure masterpiece.
I am off to read Tumbling Angels to see what the changes are and will report back.
Subject: Definately worth a read
The writing style is the same and so is the story.
But, there are a few things left in here that were obviously edited out of T/A and that made for a better understanding of the plot that I missed in T/A. I will rate this five stars, even though this much earlier version has errors. Would I buy this book if it were in Barns & Nobel? Yes,definitely.
I hope the author changes his mind about publishing; this well written work is both fascinating and accurate, gripping and darn-well entertaining.
Subject: Tumbling Angles
For reasons we are unsure....as Hell Comes On The Wind was a great hit to the publishing community.
How ever with some more persuasion from his fans he might also be able to get published "the REAL story of history" dating back from the anglo Saxons...to where the Normans invented McDonald's (lol just joking the didn't really) but yes its a very informative book...if anything he should publish that 1, last time i saw it it was 3 folders long!!! but none the less, i think he should publish "Tumbling Angles" since most of "Hell comes on the wind"...is from his main book that he wrote back in 1994...
Subject: Exciting novel
He so generously sent me the update, which is now called Tumbling Angels.
Reading through, I noticed the writing was far superior to the original; yet he kept faithfully to the story. Whether you are reading the update or the newer version, this is a stupendous story.
Mr. Bradbury told he has no plans to publish his work, but if, in the future, should they wish to do so, his children will be given the option to put forward this story for publication.
In the original story (here)there were some technical aspects that needed addressing, however, the new title has all these faults worked out. The flow is perfect and the pace superb. Before I would have given this story a four star rating; but now I feel, after reading the new work a five plus rating.
I asked Mr. Bradbury if he would upload the new title to Internet Archive, and he said he might consider doing so.
Well done Antony Bradbury, this a superb piece of writing.
Subject: Good Reviews: Excellent Story
I decided that thought the story was excellent, I could only award 4 stars. Good writing and a wonderful style make the story stand out as well above average.
Far too many typographical errors dropped my mark.
Other than that, well done.
Subject: A STUNNING ADVENTURE
The nice thing about this site, is that you can tell others what you think of a book, therefore one might judge if downloading and reading the book is going to be worthwhile.
Having read first the reviews, both on here and by word of mouth from others who have read the book, I decided I should explore this writer's talents. I was not to be disappointed. The previous reviewers were spot on; this writer indeed has talent. Having contacted the author for the updated story, he kindly sent me the new story 'Falling Angels'. The gist is the same, but the writing has progressed to a very professional level. The writer's style is unique and unusual. This makes for exceptional and easy reading, despite the time period, which, to many is not well known.
Having read the first and subsequent release, I give the author a four star rating and five stars for the update.
Thank you for a very pleasurable experience Mr. Bradbury.
Subject: A riveting read
I was actually searching for some video footage, when I picked up on this, and I read the reviews that were on the screen. It is a free download, so I am jolly well not going to miss out on a free read, now, am I.
The first chapter was far too long, and I think that it could have been split into two and still been a good intro into the story that eventually unfolds into a dramatic tale of survival.
Having said that, I plowed through chapter two and then realized that I could not put this story down. I don't like reading off a PC screen, so I saved the story on to a CD and took the CD to work, where I was able, one Saturday mooning, and when few were about, to print out the entire book.
I had read, previously, The Last Anglo Saxon King and that whetted my appetite for yet another story in the same vain. I was not in any way disappointed, either. In fact, I think that this story is far better than the Saxon King is. That was a great book, too; so do not get any ideas that I am playing 'Hell Comes 'up against the Saxon King; I am not. They are two entirely different stories.
The title has changed to ** Falling Angels **, and I have read the latest re-write. It is amazing!!!!
All I really wanted to say, is that I would buy this book. It is such a fascinating and wonderful tale of magnificent warriors, political awareness and social infrastructure that gripped my imagination.
Subject: FIVE STARS FOR THIS TALE
The story was very different, and in many ways, I felt the excitement was never too over the top. I mean, it was very believable; unlike many novels that seem to be wrapped around fantastic tales that could never possibly happen in real life. This story could very well be plausible. The characters were written in such a way as to be any guy or girl. I read a great deal, and I'm often disappointed.
As those who have gone before have stated, this should be published. Perhaps, in another format or name, it has. I wonder what changes have been made. I read earlier that this now has a different title, but again has it been published? I do hope so. I guess I need to search the Internet for the new title, to see if it has been published. I would definitely buy a copy.
Thanks...Mad Mick. An Aston Villa fan
Subject: AN OUTSTANDING STORY!!
Subject: THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO LOOK AT YOUR WEBSITE
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Subject: Well Done
Subject: THE NEW STORY IS MAGIC
The book has all the same characters, but the feel is much more dramatic. The writing style is excellent. He has come a long way with his style, so much so that I have returned his email with grateful thanks, promising to write a review, and here it is.
By the way, he told me he has three more stories that he is thinking of uploading. Two of them, he writes, are si-fi and the third one is a sequel to this -Hell Comes on The Wind- (A Sour Grape). I am halfway through reading the sequel, and so far it is turning out very well. It is just as exciting, with many of the original characters and loads of new personages that fully compliment them. If Anthony uploads this story, I will be happy to write a review.
I can't wait to read the si-fi stories.
THANK YOU ANTHONY SO VERY MUCH. YOU HAVE MADE AN OLD MAN VERY HAPPY.
Subject: Hell Comes on the Wind
Subject: Word of mouth works
Keep up the good work.
Subject: I WISH TO THANK ALL OF YOU
I wrote the story, originally, for my family.
The story has a new title (A Sour Grape) and has been rewritten above a couple of times since the original story was uploaded. The finished story is error free; and, technically, much better, so the story flows much better.
I will upload the finished, fully edited, work in due course. For those who wish to read the new story, I will be happy to send the chapters as an attachment via email.
Thank you, one and all, for your kindness.
Subject: I AM SO GLAD I READ THIS STORY
As others have stated before, this book is well worth down-loading.
I enjoyed every moment. I loved the writing style so much. Thank you Jerry Pane for putting me onto this wonderful historical adventure.
I will look out for more from this man, he does know how to formulate a tale that holds the reader and keeps the pages turning. My laptop computer even followed me into the bathroom, too.
Subject: This Writer is a Master
I'm telling my friends to read this book.
Subject: A very good story
This is a novel that not only instructs, it entertains and satisfies on a grand scale. If one ignores the odd error here and there, you fall into a cave of immense brilliance. Wonderful writing.
Subject: THIS FIRST DRAFT A review and apology
I have, at last read this work, and I now fully understand why so many readers have raved over the story. The book is magnificent.
Never again will I insult so many people without at least reading the work they are proposing to publish. Admitted, there were a few typographical errors and some minor technical problems in a couple of chapters; but these did not distract from the fact that this is a beautifully composed work of art.
Subject: Thank You
Subject: Nice Work
Loved the story
Thanks for an enjoyable read.
The REAL CARB TUNER.
Subject: This is Amazing
Larry (The Secret Lemonade Drinker.)
Subject: This is wonderful: Well done.
I was looking for something along the same lines, when I noticed something on Yahoo Answers (Books and Authors) regarding the title 'Hell Comes on The Wind.' Intrigued, I had to Google the title and read the reviews. Many were impressed with the author's attempt at medieval novel.
I prefer to read hard copy, but I acquiesced and I would attempt to read off the screen the first two chapters. I was pleased to say that I was impressed, too. I could tell that the author had a good helping of talent. One could tell this was a first draft, posted, undoubtedly to judge the reader's responses. This is a dangerous thing to do, especially with a story with so much market potential. My guess is, that this draft might well have been rejected a few times for technical reasons. The author should not give up. This work has great potential. Literary agents are fickle, and many agents do not recognize a winner when they see one.
As for the theme: The start was wonderfully executed throughout, with the second chapter leading to a marvelous decision making processes that Charles Dickens would have been proud of. Reading right through the night, I finished the novel and decided to print out the entire work.
Mr. Bradbury has a unique writing style that I found fascinating and rational. Gripped indeed, not only by the writer’s audacity, but also by his sound reasoning and intellectual capacity to write an historical fiction that merged in so well with the factual characterizations of those we thought we knew so well. Many writers fail to breath enough life into their puppets, preferring to compound their own egos’ into their characters. The author has made serious attempts to avoid this error, taking much trouble to personalize individuals so that none of the protagonists is an extension of the author’s personality.
I hope that one day soon, your work will be accepted for publication. Do not give up.
Subject: I'M GLAD TO HAVE READ THIS
The story was long, and the many sub-plots really helped one to understand what was going on in the various facets of this tale. The nice thing was how these various facets inter-weaved to make the story cohesive. Everyone knows the outcome of the battle fought at Hastings in 1066, but the writer made you believe that the Saxons were going to win. He had, obviously, to have the Saxons lose the battle. But what was happening with the two French brothers? Did they survive? You have to read the story to find that out, and I'm not going to spoil the story by telling you. I guess that if you are reading this review then you are going to download the book. I certainly was not disappointed, and that is the reason I'm writing this review.
I read but three other reviews on this book. There were too many reviews to read through; and in any case I wanted to start reading the story.
I noticed, too, that there were over 720 downloads, so word of mouth about this book surely has permeated the on-line reading fraternity. Perhaps, one day, this might become a novel in its own right and become a best seller on the American and European book stalls.
I am giving four stars, if only because I did not like some of the fictional characters. I'm sure, too, that with some minor re-writes this story will, one day, be published; I hope so.
Thanks for a thrilling ride.
Subject: I liked this book a great deal.
Impressed... Brown eyes.
Subject: Quite a good story
I'm going to award 4 stars, as five would be pandering to the author's ego.
Best of luck. >Glen.
Subject: MUCH BETTER THAN >BRAVE HEART
It is not only well written, but every detail is well thought through. This story is an oasis of pure magic, with long lasting flavor, punchy humor and a great deal of insight to the human psyche.
To say that this story is pure genius, is an understatement. I doubt that I will ever read another story as poignant as this. Okay, so I love medieval history and historical novels in particular, so by inference, I'm biased. However, this being the case, I have read many historical novels, yet nothing comes close to this magnificent portrayal of tenderness, bravery and sheer luck.
Just read this wonderful story; you will never regret reading and relating this story to your friends.
Like everyone else... FIVE STARS IS NOT ENOUGH.
Subject: A Simply Smashing Adventure Story
Mike: (Its The Thought Police)
Subject: WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY
My mom downloaded this story and asked me to read it. She had printed it out and had given me the printed copy to read. I think it took me about five hours to read it all. Any way, before the school vacation, I took it to school and gave it to my form teacher to read. Last evening, my teacher, Mrs. Harrison, brought the printed version I had loaned her to our home and sat down with my mother and I to discus the story. Mrs. Harrison said that this should be published, and asked my mother where she had obtained this copy.
My mother could not remember the name of the site, but together my mom and Mrs. Harrison did a Google search for "Hell comes on the Wind".
Mrs. Harrison asked me if I would write a review, and that she would read the review and give me marks out of 10.
The story starts with a bang. The fire in the village gave impetus to drive the story on to a legitimate start to a gripping adventure. The characters were all realistic people with personalities I thought were very plausible.
I thought it very clever to mix real and fictional characters, creating a thrilling and startling contrast between the imaginary and the truth that brought to life the normality of the ordinary man of the period.
We are all aware of European medieval kings, queens and those whom held high office, but rarely do we learn of members of the proletariat. Vigorously thrust, the Domfront brothers, bowled into situations they have no control of, manage as best they can to survive the rigors of politics and warfare.
The writer not only excels in bringing his dream into focus, but grips the reader into believing that all the characters are true.
This story is not only a gripping adventure; it is a wonderful tale of human endeavor over adversity. The ending is poignant, full of passion, humor, sadness and above all, credibility.
Subject: An amazing story of courage: It is about time some one wrote this story.
I prefer, generally, sci-fi stories, but now and again I deviate to something different. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED IN ANY WAY, I shout. This is the reason I'm here, writing this review. I've never written a review before, so here goes.
I thoroughly enjoyed not only the story, which, I might say, was FANTASTIC, but all the characters in the book, whether they were good bad or otherwise, did a wonderful supporting role in allowing the personalities and nature of the main protagonists to respond to their personal situations.
The only thing that disappointed me was the loss of depth in the character of Alan Domfront. It was as if the writer had some how forgotten about or decided to ignore him and concentrated more on his brother, Phillipe. That was just a personal view, and I'm sure others will disagree with me.
My assassination of the writer of this story is over. The story is an ever deepening and serious insight into various personalities under the most extreme conditions, and for me, it worked so well, I decided to write this review. You can forget WW-II characterizations; this is a man who knows how men react to abominable stress. He handles his women very well, too, and he does it much better than I could have envisaged a male writing of women.
I had to give this amazing writer five stars.
Subject: COULD BE A FILM
Subject: THIS FIRST DRAFT IS VERY GOOD.
Yes, there were a few errors in the writing; and I happen to know that the final, professional edit, has sorted out those errors that only a good editor can find easily. You will agree that writers are not editors, but there you have it.
Anyway, as for the story itself...
This man is a wonderful storyteller; he is an excellent and talented writer of historical fiction. Previous reviewers have managed to transport much of what I would like to have written, so I will let it be known that five stars is all that is needed from me.
Thanks Mr B...
Subject: WHAT A REFRESHING CHANGE
Many of the previous reviewers have given this author the 'rightly' deserved accreditation for this lovely tale.
What did 'I' think of this book?
As my title review states, this was a very refreshing change from the humdrum historical novels one finds on the shelves of book stores. Indeed, the characters were wonderfully human and the protagonists were written with a style that anyone could easily relate to. Within the story, explanations abound, so that one can never be confused as to what is gong on within the subplots, and there are many.
I enjoyed, particularly, the two French brothers, Alan and Philippe. They both had a boyish naivety that reminded my of my husband when he was a young, newly married man. King Harold was an immensely strong character with an obvious love for his country, yet with an undercurrent of guile that made this personage so believable.
I was also impressed by the way the author made a genuine attempt to portray the personality of the Norman, Duke William. This was a fine piece of characterization and must have taken a great deal of thought to get the duke into perspective for his role in the story.
The women portrayed were, I thought, less than strong as they could have been, but, nonetheless, the writer made great strides in molding their personalities to fit the moment. I sensed this man has a great deal of understanding of the female psyche, and I congratulate him for his achievement in being honest in his view of the women in this story.
As for the events that Mr Bradbury has written of, they were extremely well researched. The true events flowed, mixed and blended very well with the fictitious happenings within the story
In conclusion: Every chapter is full of drama and excitement and is a page turner. Mr Bradbury has a personal and exciting writing style. The book is so well written that I cannot see why this was placed, free to all, on Internet Archive. This book is so worthy of publication and should be given the due accreditation it deserves. I wish to thank My Bradbury for giving me a wonderful experience in literature.
I have given, in this review, my honest opinion, and I award the author a five star rating.
Subject: THIS IS A FANTASTIC READ.
Subject: Very Interesting Work
As a dyslectic person, I found the text very easy to read. The story was fascinating. Right from the start, I knew that the narrative was going to drive quickly and never slow down. That is interesting, because most stories peter out for a while, as if the writers had a block of some sort and could not quite get his middle to coalesce with the start and the end. There was never anything like that here, for this novelist knows how to tell a tale, and tell it well.
Though the writer has made the narrative in three parts, with his heroes hiding in the background for a while, interspersing them until they are needed in the forefront once more, he has found a way to bring in the other protagonists without losing site of what and whom the story is about.
It is a riveting read, and I recommend those who are thinking of downloading, as I did, this wonderful adventure. I read the previous reviews, and I guess that this did influence my desire to place the file on my hard drive. I am very glad that I did.
Have a Happy New Year.
From: ‘The Grim Reader’.
Subject: Loved this story.
This was a fine story, one that I can envisage being in film format. The drama was stupendous, and the gentle softness of Phillippe Domfront was something that made my heart yearn: for I wanted his dear-departed wife to come, re-incarnated, back to him.
This is a well-written story, and I cannot wait for this work to be on my bookshelf.
Do I get a signed copy?
Subject: Thanks, This was an enjoyable reading experience.
Chapter 1 started with a bang, but tapered off a little near the end, but there was a good reason, for it helped to give an understanding as to why chapter two started the way it did. In this chapter, the brothers set off to join the Norman troops. After reading chapter one, I was surprised that they made this decision, but with some thought, there was no other recourse for them to take.
Chapter 2 was full of excitement, especially when they killed the murderers at the inn they had stayed in Caen.
Chapter 3 was a little slower, but I could see the building of a story that was yet to come. This chapter was very funny, yet with overtones of something evil afoot; suspicion and deceit were ever in the air.
Chapter three and four were full of fun, and I wondered, at first if the writer were going to turn this story into a comic strip, but no, the humor was slipped in extremely well, and some very poignant points were made.
I could not see why the brothers, Philippe & Alan, had to leave the story for such many chapters. This was a puzzle, until I realized that this was an introduction to the English side of he story. Therefore, a couple of chapters later, when the brothers returned to the scene, they were now in the personal employ of the Norman duke, William. I thought that also worked well.
Much later, the brothers were on Saxon soil, and when they were given orders to collect women to do the work that the soldiers were doing, the brothers were dispatched to round up and collect the women from the villages, to tie them together and bring them to the Norman camp.
I do not want to spoil anything, but the brothers’ defection to the Saxons was so well written, that I thought that the way the events unfolded were perfect and so plausible. Well done.
The later few chapters were good, too. Unfortunately, one or two scenes I felt were beyond the realm of fantasy, but they worked well enough, especially the brothers meeting with King Harold. This was too cheesy for me, but you cannot have it all.
The battle scene at Hastings was wonderful, even though we all know the outcome, it was a very special thing to read, and I was excited,for I wished the outcome to different, and history being what it is...
The Philippe and Alan had a miraculous twist to their fate, and the ending of the story was vey sweet.
On the matter of rating... 5 stars, if only because it was a well written but far fetched novel.
Subject: My thoughts.
I thought that the story started quickly; but tapered off, leaving me with doubt as to whether I ought to read the next chapter.
Thinking that this was going to be a drudge, I left the rest of the story for a few weeks; then picked it up and started to read again.
I was taken about at the power of this man's writing, for chapter two rocketed my to the moon.
After this, I was hooked. Yes, and I mean HOOKED.
I felt compelled to finish each chapter and I am happy to write here that I found this story very thrilling.
Not only was the writing of superb quality, but the twists and turns in the plot kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next.
For those reading this review, and who might be wondering if this book is worth downloading; think on this > If you do not, you will be missing an excellent, enthralling adventure.
Five stars, more if it was allowed.
Subject: Wonderful reading
Thanks for giving me great pleasure.
I cannot wait until the book is in print.
Subject: THIS IS A GREAT MODERN CLASSIC
I thought, okay, in for a penny - in for a pound; I will try this one.
I am very glad that I did download this fantastic story. It has been a long time since I was able to sit down and read a classic novel, one that so gripped my imagination, that I called into work one day to report sick, just so that I could read a few more chapters. Just to let you in on a secret; I am on salary, so did not lose any wages.
I have the use of a printer at work (all to my self). There were many pages; and I have to say that I felt rather guilty about using the company paper and nearly a full toner cartridge!
How did I come across this story? Well, I was trawling through Yahoo answers, when I came across this message asking if anyone had read this book, Hell Comes on the Wind. Curiosity got the better of me, and as it said it was free, well, you can guess the rest.
I have just finished the last chapter (The Epilogue), and I am amazed at the quality of the whole story. Not only did each of the (good) characters have a special place in my heart, even the bad characters had redeeming fetchers, except for that horrid man, Snap. He was really a mean and nasty person.
This is a work of a genius. Really, this is a classic work of art, worthy of a film and publication. Some other reviewer said that same thing and I fully concur with that view.
I have, as have others in the review section, to ask this question: Why is it that this story not been sold to a publisher? Does the author, Mr. Bradbury, feel that his novel is not good enough? Surely, there must be an agent: one that would be able to find a publisher to bring this wonderful story to the buying public. Why did he feel that he needed to post it as a free to all book.
I have emailed Mr. Bradbury, telling him that he must find a publisher for his book.
His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us all kick this man’s ass and get him in print.
I wish you, Mr. Bradbury, the very best of luck, and thank you for a fine literary masterpiece
Subject: A REALLY GREAT READ
This is a well written, work of art, worthy of publication. I have two books in print, so I know how hard it is to get a foot in the door. It can be heart wrenching to receive constant rejections from publishers who have nothing in mind, but making money from the work of well-known authors. Quiet often, the repeat published author has offered work that, well, is less than perfect. I have been there, done that, and I have suffered at the hands of publishers.
Most book on the shelves, theses days, are drivel. Few have a plot worth pursuing, and fewer works have a plot at all. In this story, the characters all have personalities of the own, each individual is a believable person with there own traits, and each person blends in perfectly with whom the characters interact.
The story is, for want of a better phrase, a joyous vacation from the realities of a modern world. Others here have written some of the best reviews, so I will not elaborate further, except to say, that I hope that this author will repeat his talents in the near future.
Subject: Best story about Hastings that I have yet read.
I am an Anglo Saxon reenactor and lay historian, so by that definition, I should know a little bit about the history of events of that period. I now have to confess that I knew so very little. This book has enlightened me to many new things not only about the period, but also of the characters and the psyche of the men and women who were factual and the portrayal of the fictional people involved in this story.
Like those who have read this story before me; all I can say is, that I was highly impressed with the writing, the format, and the sense of deep thought that went into building the personalities involved.
I stumbled across this story quite by accident, and I am glad I did. The story was as if a magnet stuck to a steel building. I found it hard to leave alone, even reading from my laptop at meal times! My sweet, long-suffering wife has now stolen my laptop to read the story for herself.
It has been quite a while since Sue and I discussed any book that we felt that we both needed to read. It has to be 20 years, at least. Sue is on chapter 18 and is thoroughly enthralled with the constant twists and turns. Now, you might laugh, but she has an idealized picture stuck to our dartboard of Duke William. No longer has King William any genitalia!
Though I have long since finished the story, Sue thought that we ought to write a review.
There is not much that I can add, other than- as Sue informs me- the author knows women and how they function psychologically. That has to be praise indeed, don't you think.
I like the way that King Harold has special traits all his own. His brothers and close friends are never sycophants, as are so many of Duke William's cronies. More they advise without fear. You will notice that I am not commenting on the two French brothers. My only concern (because I am biased toward the Saxons)is that Queen edith is not harder in chracter than I thought she could have been written. Oh, and I loath the French, despit these two very nice young men, I tollerated their inclusion in the story. Yes, yes- I know that they were in the story from the begining, but I wanted to read about Harold, and I guess that you have to follow through to the end. Okay, so I liked the French boys interaction, but the author could have made them Dutch.
Great story and a full five stars.
Subject: April Showers
I was in tears nearly all the way through, not just tears of sorrow, but of the joy and for the humor imparted into the text, too. This man has such talent, a dry wit and expressions that Charles Dickens would have been proud to use.
As one reviewer has stated, this man is a genius, and exception to the rule.
What can I possibly add to what the other reviewers have written, except a GREAT BIG THANK YOU Mr. Bradbury
Subject: Oh, my God: This is masterful
I loved the response from the sleeping Philip, when his dead wife comes to him in a dream and promises to see that he and his brother will come to no harm. The scene was so tender, oozing with love and full of passion. There is no sex for Philip in the book; but sex is alluded to in a later chapter.
The poor girl killed at the inn in Normandy, where the two brothers, Alan and Philip were staying made me weep inconsolably. I could have murdered Mr. Bradbury for allowing the girl to die such a death. Yet, as the story moved on, I realized it was not only imaginative, but an integral part of moving the plot forward to the next stage. It is only a book; I had to keep telling myself, yet I still cry over some chapters. My husband is reading the printed copy, and he is totally unmovable. He will not mow the lawn or do anything else until he has finished a chapter!
Finding work with the Normans was a work of art, and I saw why the author need the girl to die and the outcome spoke for its self. It amazes me how this genius does it. He makes each transition so believable and smooth. The story flows so well, it is hard, when one reads allowed a paragraph to stumble over sentences, even if you tried.
King Harold and his brothers have wonderful and very likable personalities, and you sense that they love each other very much. Though you have to get to know each individual before making any judgment; and Mr. Bradbury works the brothers so well; the difference between a modern, computer generated Shrek animation and an old fashioned puppeteer.
The spies (two nuns and an assassin) in the bell-tower scene were so thrilling, and I though the author handled it extremely well. I was on the edge of my seat throughout. Do you remember those old children’s films that had weekly episodes? Each paragraph of every chapter was just like that. Will our hero survive perish? Tada! "Come back next week for the next exciting episode," called the voice from the screen.
I adored Harold. He demonstrated such love for his country, and his fellow Saxons, It was that love that killed him - 'death before dishonor'. Harold died most valiantly, with full honors, as did the men who fought along side him.
The villains were wonderfully portrayed. Duke William was as other have stated, well written, yet there were other scoundrels, too.
That nasty, vermin us Sergeant Snap and his friend, Waddle, and couple of snidy reprobates if ever there were any! Oh, and the sneaking Eumer, the assassin. I almost forgot him. He was something else, and he was a buddy of Snap, too.
Birds of a feather flock together, as they say.
There are two chapters, near the end of the book, that were so memorable for me. You saw Alan and Philip in a village, saving the women from being rapped by Snap... I'm not going to spoil the plot, but I must not leave this review without mention of the watery tunnel scene, in which...No, it will... READ THIS AMAZING STORY FOR YOURSELF.
Have a great read.
Maria (a housewife and now a great fan)
Subject: This has to be a film.
The two folks who have already reviewed and commented on this story have really said it all; or have they?
This title took six weeks to read (I had to read it on my laptop on the rain, to and from work), and I wondered (or should that be feared) if I would ever reach the end. I did not want the story to end, but end it did, and I was delighted yet sad, that it did, and the story finally reached an astoundingly sweet and honest ending.
Though the other two reviewers mentioned King Harold, Duke William of Normandy, and last but not least, the brothers -'Alan and Philip Domfront', who are the beleaguered heroes throughout this fine masterpiece of story telling, that, as the other two reviews have stated..."Why is this book not in print?" Again, I repeat their throng… Why is it not on the bookshelves of the main high street book vendors?
I will tell you why this is the not case.
The author of this work (I consider this work a modern classic) is a genius; but genius does not sell books. Commerce sells books.
Once a book has hit the shelves, and if the story is very well written. It does not follow that: the next work by that author is a good book. The second work could be full of gross inexactitudes and errors of all kinds, not least a poor plot. What the publisher is looking for is a best seller, and a best seller will sell the second book on the basis that the buyer liked the first book, nothing else.
So what do we see? We see poor work on the bookshelves throughout the world; yet, when it comes to the (this) author’s work we see that obviously, he has had to run the gauntlet of publishers who do not know a good story when they see one.
I wondered why, if this scenario might have been the case with this author, why did he not self publish? Obviously, this work is too good to put out to the Failure Press, which, for a nice fee, will publish any gibberish.
This man would rather see his work freely available. Personally… I would rather buy this story (pay good, hard earned cash), than see Mr. Bradbury starve for his efforts.
If Mr. Bradbury reads this review (such as it is), then I wish him the very best of luck; for one of these fine days, a reputable publisher will stumble across this work and fire the sorry arse of the fool who rejected this valuable addition to our literary culture.
This story would make a GREAT feature film.
Subject: Wow, this is good, very good!!
The story: a trilogy, really, is a gripping tale of two brothers who meet and work for Duke William of Normandy, and end up working for King Harold. Though the story is an historical novel, it is really an adventure story set in early medieval times. I found the brothers to be believable characters, with a hint of goody, goody about them; well, heroes are supposed to be, aren't they? The Duke is portrayed as somewhat maniacal, but he has a real and believable personality, which is refreshing.
As for Earl (later King) Harold, he is a kindly fellow; brave, truthful and yet has a mellowness about him that I'm not sure is fitting for the character. Nonetheless, he, too, is a believable, with a sense of humour that is dry and witty.
The Domfront brothers, Alan and Philippe, are intelligent and brave, yet have a gentleness about them; no doubt brought on by their love of their children who they have to leave back in their native France, when they go to work for the Normans. I liked their literacy; that was a nice touch. I also admired the way the writer brought the brothers to England and how they interacted later on in the story with others they encountered on their adventure. Throughout the book, the brothers faired well, often overcoming the dreads and dangers that would see most of us in an asylum.
As For Harold Godwinson... He is smart, very smart. The sort of man to be trusted, yet with an underlying guile that could, in modern times, mark him as bi-polar. Clever and astute, a real pragmatist, yet when pushed, a hard man indeed, not one for being pushed into a corner without a fight. Yet he has a love of his paramour, Edith Swanneck, who he often falls foul of, and gives Harold a hard time. I loved the kitchen-sink drama that befalls them when they are confronted with the conflict of love verses life's realities.
As for Duke William (the bastard), he is hard, resolved and unyielding (as is Harold). The Duke has little or no respect for life or person, and frequently demonstrates his callous behaviour throughout, except at one point when a young boy is raped by one of his sergeants. The boy is cared for and the boy's attacker punished personally by William.
I thought that the build up to the final outcome was tremendous, but the ending less dramatic. This is not to say that the story fizzles out; on the contrary, it is go, go, go, all the way. Not that the end of the story is toned down somewhat.
Having given this some thought, I feel that Mr. Bradbury has done the right thing, for the end is sweet and poignant.
On the whole, I give the work full five points.
Why? Because the novel is ingenious, witty, sad, yet full of fun, and, in parts, hilarious.
It was a joy to read.
Thank you, Antony Bradbury.
Subject: Hell Comes on The Wind (A MUST READ)
The story is like a railway train; picking up and dropping off passengers along the way. Gaining such momentum to a bursting climax, and an absolutely thrilling ending. It is a great roller-coaster of a novel.
The story has heroes and villains, as should all good works, but these villains are not your ordinary evil doers. Two young Frenchmen have their livelyhood decimated by the Normans in a cross border raid. The two Frenchmen, Alan and Philipe Domfront, have no alternative but to seek work for the Normans. On their journy to Cean, they have a shocking adventure.
The brothers are, after a grusome murder at an inn, hired by Normans. By virtue of their dead elder brother, who was the local priest, they are educated, literate men.
They are brought by a monk/cleric (Cecil) to England on an ambasordorial mission, where one of their party (Eumer), who is an assasin, leaves to attempt to kill Earl Harold Godwinson, who later (after the death of Edward Confessor), becomes King Harold-II of England.
The story swiches back and forth in the best fashion to both Harold and Duke William of Normandy, with the Domfront brothers being caught in the middle of a raging conflict of interests that forces the brothers to change sides and defect to the Saxons (English).
This is a ripping yarn; full of exciting facts: intermingled with the best fiction, that will keep you on the edge of your seat. My buddy printed out the story and took the book on vacation.
When this book comes onto the bookshelves, it will be a million seller, and I'd love to see this as a film.
I hope that you'll become a great fan of my stories. You will not be able wait to find out what happens in the next two stories that Antony Bradbury is in the process of penning.
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Subject: THIS STORY IS SO GOOD, WOW!!!
Having just completed a tiring weeks work, I settled down to read the hard copy that my secretary printed out.
What did I find? From the first to the last chapter, the story took my breath away! I began to wonder... Why was this writer not published?
This is an amazing tale of two brothers and their interaction with a duke and a king.
At first sight, this might seem rather odd; to have common folk mingling with distinguished protagonist such as King Harold of England and Duke William of Normandy. The story of Alan and Philippe Domfront is extraordinary. Why? Not only is the story exciting and fast, but so plausible, too. I could not put this work down, and I had to take the work to my boss and show him; get him to read this well formulated and extremely well written piece of work.
Who is this person? I cannot find out who is or where he lives. All I have is a name...
Mr. Bradbury - Please, wherever you are, contact me at once; you need to be in print. This novel is a work of outstanding quality and finesse.
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